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Mitch Miller celebrates toward the dugout after his lead-off triple.

DOVER - The frustrations continued to mount for the Western Boone baseball team on Thursday evening.

The Stars lost their eighth-straight game, this one by a 13-7 final, and were marred with some of the same problems that have plagued them the past few weeks - namely too many errors.

"We can't field a baseball, we have to call it what it is," Western Boone head coach Matthew Nance said. "We have a team of men, and we don't have an infielder that can field a baseball. We kicked the ball around all night. We made six errors last night, we made (eight) tonight. I looked at it today, and we have given up 67 runs on the year, and only 31 were earned."

As Nance eluded to, the Stars made eight errors on Thursday, the fourth time in 11 games this season the Stars had six or more errors.

It led to 10 unearned runs Thursday.

Down 4-1 in the fifth, the Stars should of had a 1-2-3 inning, but an error kept the inning alive and Cardinal Ritter tacked on five runs in the frame.

An error and three walks in the sixth led to four more runs, creating too big of a hole to climb out of.

"We are going to be making some changes and new guys are going to get chances," Nance said. "We are having the same guys kick the ball around, so we have to mix it up."

The Stars struggled on the other side of the game as well.

Mitch Miller led off the game with a triple, then scored on a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 1, but didn't get another run across until the sixth.

Western Boone had nine hits, but struck out 11 times and left six guys on base.

Luke Jackson went 3-for-4 and Miller went 2-for-4. Andrew Foster added a 3-run homer.

"We have terrible approaches at the plate," Nance said. "I don't think the guys came out ready to play, and they act like they are Ben Zobrist - but don't have a grasp of the strike zone. I'm not sure what their approach is right now, but I'm tired of watching our guys take pitches up there."

The Stars are back in action Friday when they host Cascade.

Cascade is 12-3 on the year, and is fourth in Class 2A. Nance said if the Stars don't turn things around, it can be a long night.

"If we play like we have been, we could get embarrassed tomorrow," Nance said. "It's up to the guys. We can roll over and get embarrassed, or we can bounce back and put up a fight."

Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Lebanon Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.

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